Save on Digital Games with Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

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Nintendo unveiled a new limited time offer to Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers. From now until July 31, subscribers can purchase a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers from the Nintendo eshop for $99.

These two vouchers can be redeemed for two full-price Nintendo Switch games on the eShop, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many of the eligible games are listed at $59.99, (despite games like Zelda being two years old) making this a savings of about $20.

The vouchers can only be redeemed on select games. Here is the full list of eligible titles:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • ARMS
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Splatoon 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Pokkén Tournament DX
  • Fitness Boxing
  • Ocotopath Traveler
  • Go Vacation
  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix

Though the deal ends July 31, vouchers are valid for a year after purchase. Nintendo has hinted that more titles will be eligible as new games are released. The offer is only available to active Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

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Nintendo E3 2019 to Feature Smash Bros. Championship, Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo has revealed their schedule for E3 2019, which takes place June 11 – 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Their show presence will include tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2, as well as a Nintendo Direct broadcast and Treehouse live stream. Nintendo will also offer its own version of the fast pass – the Warp Pipe Pass.

“We’re starting with some heated competitions and delivering new content the whole week,” said Doug Bowser, president, Nintendo of America. “Whether people are attending the show in person or watching from home, our goal is to provide them with the best possible Nintendo experience.”

Nintendo typically kicks off the official E3 convention by airing first thing in the morning on the first day, and this year will be no different. The Nintendo Direct will air at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on June 11. Nintendo is keeping coy about the details, but the broadcast will focus on software launching in the second half of the year.

As in previous years, the Nintendo Direct broadcast will be followed by the Nintendo Treehouse: Live event. The live stream is hosted by Nintendo staff directly from the E3 booth as they play through games on the show floor and interview developers.

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Nintendo will also host the championship tournament rounds for its two biggest competitive games on the Switch. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Championship and the Splatoon 2 World Championship will take place on Saturday, June 8. Fans can line up to attend live beginning at 8 am Pacific at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Entry is free but badges are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 10 am and the tournaments are scheduled to begin at 11 am, with Splatoon 2 first followed by Smash Bros. They will also be streamed live via Nintendo’s E3 live feed.

Nintendo’s new Warp Pipe Pass works exactly like a fast pass from a theme park. Attendees can grab a Warp Pipe Pass with a scheduled time, giving them priority to jump ahead in line when their time arrives. Note that to gain a Warp Pipe Pass a Nintendo Account will be required.

E3 2019 will take place June 11 – 13.

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Nintendo Fiscal Year: Switch Falls Short, Digital Sales Rise to $1 Billion

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Nintendo’s 2018 fiscal year ended on March 31, 2019. The company recently revealed its sales numbers for hardware and software sales throughout the year. Despite surging popularity and praise, their flagship console, the Switch, fell a bit short of their sales goals. Digital software sales, on the other hand, surged ahead to record-breaking numbers.

Read the full Nintendo 2018 financial statement.

For the fiscal year of 2018 (March 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019) the Switch sold 16.95 million units. That’s short of Nintendo’s original bullish forecast of 20 million units sold, and still short of the revised goal of 17 million units. That puts total lifetime sales of the Nintendo Switch at 34.74 million units, surpassing the Nintendo 64 and approaching the estimated units sold for the Xbox One (Microsoft no longer publishes hardware sales numbers).

In other Nintendo hardware news, the Nintendo 3DS continues its sharp but expected decline. Sales fell to just 2.55 million units, a 60% decrease over last year for the eight year old handheld. Software sales for the 3DS also fell 63% as Nintendo has all but softly phased out the handheld in favor of its console-handheld hybrid.

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Digital sales through the Nintendo eShop on the Switch saw a huge amount of growth, however. Digital sales revenue rose by a whopping 95% compared to last year, resulting in the Japanese company reaching just over $1 billion in digital sales for the first time in company history.

Top software sales for the 2018 fiscal year were Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (13.81 million units sold) and Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! (10.63 million units sold).

Finally, here’s Nintendo’s forecast for the 2019 fiscal year:

Nintendo Switch has continued to spread quickly around the world since launch, providing a foundation for further business growth. In order to maintain this momentum, we will release Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit in April, Super Mario Maker 2 in June, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses in July, all worldwide. In addition, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Animal Crossing (temp.) and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are slated for release in 2019. Furthermore, major titles from other software publishers are scheduled to be released. We aim to contribute to momentum of the platform by continuously introducing attractive new titles in addition to popular titles already released.

Nintendo continues to enjoy hefty operating profits with the Switch’s success in both hardware and software. Nintendo has forecasted another 18 million units sold for the Switch in 2019.

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Team Up with the Avengers in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 this Summer

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Marvel has revealed the release date for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. The cooperative action game will be out exclusively on Nintendo Switch on July 19.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 stars a large roster of Marvel heroes, including all of the current MCU Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy, etc) as well as additional popular Marvel comics heroes like Deadpool, Wolverine, and Spider-Gwen.

The story is based around Thanos and The Black Order, first introduced in the films in Avengers: Infinity War. The heroes team up to race around the universe to gather the Infinity Stones before Thanos can get his hands on them.

“Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order brings gamers and Marvel fans together in a new action RPG exclusive to Nintendo Switch,” said Nick Chavez, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Nintendo of America. “With a huge cast of Super Heroes to choose from, assembling your ultimate team, strategically combining skills to unleash powerful attacks, and preventing galactic devastation with friends has never been more fun or immersive.”

The Black Order is the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance game in over  a decade. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 released in 2009 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The co-op action-RPG series features arcade-like gameplay as players assemble four-player teams, level up, and combine powerful abilities.

The game will feature 4 player multiplayer both locally and online (Nintendo Switch Online membership required for online play).

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is coming exclusively to Switch on July 19. It’s rated T for Teen.